prestidigitator

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n prestidigitator someone who performs magic tricks to amuse an audience
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Prestidigitator One skilled in legerdemain or sleight of hand; a juggler.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n prestidigitator One who practises prestidigitation; a prestigiator; a juggler.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Prestidigitator one who practises sleight of hand
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. praesto, ready + digitus, finger: cf. F. prestidigitateur,

Usage

In literature:

At all these performances there are always amongst the spectators persons in league with the prestidigitator.
"The Gaming Table: Its Votaries and Victims" by Andrew Steinmetz
But your boss comes in every day as perky and set up as an amateur prestidigitator doing the egg trick.
"The Four Million" by O. Henry
In "The Bells" and "The Raven" we detect the prestidigitator.
"The American Spirit in Literature," by Bliss Perry
Never the sedulous, they pay exorbitantly for all manner of prestidigital endeavours.
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
It seemed like prestidigitation to him.
"The Wolf's Long Howl" by Stanley Waterloo
Associated Words: prestidigitator, juggler, conjurer, magician, legerdemamist.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
The older woman, with a movement so rapid that it seemed almost prestidigitation, lifted and threw back her companion's veil.
"Out of the Ashes" by Ethel Watts Mumford
The same audience would applaud Paderewski or a great prestidigitator.
"The Young Man and the World" by Albert J. Beveridge
When would he reach the easy prestidigitation of his master!
"Woman Triumphant" by Vicente Blasco IbaƱez
Its loftiest hopes, its deepest consolations are the offspring of clumsy jugglery and cheap prestidigitation!
"Continental Monthly , Vol. 5, No. 6, June, 1864" by Various
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In news:

It's the 137th anniversary of the birth of Harry Houdini , an apt occasion to acknowledge the conjurers, escapologists, and prestidigitators who continually remind us that all is not what it seems.
Alabama charter schools legislation is prestidigitation .
School Committee Chairman and amateur magician Russell W Fitzgerald likes to open public meetings with a personal display of prestidigitation.
The birth of men like Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla signaled a downturn for prestidigitation.
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In science:

With this prestidigitation of language, the empty set becomes unique and a hierarchy of distinct sets arises as if from nothing.
Biologic
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